New York City Hosts Linuxworld Conference & Expo Featuring Linus Torvalds And The “Linux Showdown”

Framingham, Mass. – October 18, 1999 – IDG World Expo today announced its feature presentation and line-up of keynote speakers for the first East Coast LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. The event will take place February 1 – 4, 2000 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premiere event for supporters, investors and enthusiasts of the Linux operating system.

"The New York City show brings LinuxWorld Conference & Expo to Wall Street, " said Charlie Greco, President and CEO of IDG World Expo. "A world-class line-up of speakers and experts will not only address technology and industry issues but also the growing opportunities of Linux for the financial community. Linux is rapidly achieving broad recognition and acceptance as not only a viable alternative to other operating systems, but as the clear choice for the future."

Headlining the event is Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Torvalds will provide insight into the latest innovations for the fastest growing operating system on the market at a keynote event, Wednesday, February 2, 9:30- 10:30 AM. Also delivering a keynote address is Larry Augustin, founder, president and chief executive officer of VA Linux Systems. Augustin will speak on Thursday, February 3 from 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM. Steven Mills, general manager, IBM Software Solutions, will put the Linux phenomenon in perspective by focusing on Linux technology in the computing industry on Thursday, February 3, 2:30 – 3:30 PM.

John Gallant, Vice President and Editorial Director, Network World will moderate the feature presentation, "Network World's Linux Showdown" on Wednesday, February 2, 4:15 – 5:30 PM. In this presidential style debate, Gallant will challenge the leading commercial Linux providers to field questions from a panel of experts, each other and the audience in a no-holds-barred session. Greco added, "LinuxWorld Conference & Expo continues to be the premiere event for exploring hot issues and technology innovations in the Linux industry."

The Conference Program

In addition to keynote speeches and the feature presentation, the conference offers more than 14 tutorials and 40 sessions in the following seven tracks:

* Track 1: Linux Means Business

* Track 2: Linux Getting Started, Future Directions

* Track 3: Linux Kernel Internals

* Track 4: Desktop Environments

* Track 5: Software Development, Porting, Benchmarking

* Track 6: System Administration, Interoperability, Standards

* Track 7: Clustering, High Availability, Large Scale and Enterprise Issues

Look for presentations from industry notables such as:

* Tim O'Reilly, CEO, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.

* Andrew Tridgell, Sr. Researcher, Open Source Development, Linuxcare

* Arthur Tyde, Executive Vice President, Linuxcare

* Beau Vrolyk, Senior VP, Computer Systems, SGI

* Dan Quinlan, Transmeta

* Nick Petreley, Editorial Director, LinuxWorld

* Eric Raymond

* Jeff "Hemos" Bates, Slashdot

* Rob "Cmdrtaco" Malda, Slashdot

* Jon Katz

For More Information

For more keynote and presentation information or to register for the show, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at, or call 800-657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Beverly Griffith at 508-424-4852 or

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 700 book titles, and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through, which comprises more than 240 target Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit IDG's Web site at